The Best of Bill Withers: Lean On Me

First Released: 2000

Commentary: Not to be mistaken with Bill Withers’s Greatest Hits or even the 1994 best-of with which it shares its name, Lean on Me nevertheless shares much with those two earlier retrospectives–notably the likes of such ’70s soul-pop gems as the title track, “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lovely Day,” and “Use Me.” Like the earlier Lean on Me, this remastered selection includes 18 tracks, 13 of which overlap with the ’94 set. …The singer’s warm vocals and wise lyrics have held up splendidly through the years, making him a likely candidate for periodic rediscovery. This anthology stands as the title of choice for the next wave of soul fans Withers wins over.

–Steven Stolder(

Track List

Lovely Day
I Want to Spend The Night
Let Me Be the One You Need
Hello Like Before
Tender Things
I Wish You Well
Ain’t No Sunshine
Grandma’s Hands
The Same Love That Made Me Laugh
Lean On Me (Single Version)
Use Me (Single Version)
Who Is He (And Who Is He To You)?
You Just Can’t Smile It Away
Just the Two Of Us
Steppin’ Right Along
You Try To Find a Love
My Imagination